The CNM is a close cousin to the National Parks of Arches, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, and Mesa Verde, as all are situated on the vast Colorado Plateau. (As I too will be for the next month or so).
Both the Visitor Center and the campground are located atop a 5-mile climb along the CCC-built engineering marvel that is Rim Rock Road.
The ranger at the entrance gate says to expect Desert Bighorns up near the first tunnel entrance. Finally, I get a good look at the elusive creatures.
Mom and Dad keeping a close eye on the GDB, which is by accident between them and their young.
There are plenty of rewarding hiking trails in the Park. This one ends abruptly in a box canyon.
On a quiet Monday afternoon, I encounter few people. However, I do meet several jackrabbits going about the business of gathering dinner.
Even in this semi-arid environment, Nature proves, yet again, She is the Master landscaper.
CNM's Saddlehorn Campground, home for the night, gets its name from this formation.
Though the clouds do not dissipate late in the day as I had hoped, spoiling a chance for stargazing, we do have a stellar sunset.
Time to celebrate another great day on the road!
Leaving Colorado after a 2-month stay, I’m off to tour Utah’s Grand Circle. Here’s a look at what’s on the agenda. Except for Las Vegas, not this trip anyway. Though it looks less like a circle and more like a polyhexagon to me.
The storied Parks of Southern Utah have long been a gaping hole in my travel resume. Seeing them all will take some serious trip planning.